Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #2 of JMS,

Our Person of the Month is Dr. M. Koplen, DC. We think Dr. Koplen has valuable input about building productive working relationships between chiropractors and massage therapists, as well as for massage science in general. We hope readers will learn from his expertise.

In News from our Medical Massage Certification section we introduce two new CMMPs who just recently finished SOMI’s program: Elizabeth Shea Shulman, LMT, CMMP from Sarasota, FL and Dolores Champaign, LMT, CMMP from Bristol, TN. You may also read short reports from our recent Medical Massage seminars in San Antonio, Denver and Inverness.

In our News From the Clinic section we share with you interesting cases we observed in our clinics in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Daytona Beach.

In the Medical Massage Section we’ve prepared for you two very important articles:

1. The article, Management of Post-Concussion Symptoms and Post-Traumatic Encephalopathy with Medical Massage. Part I is written by B. Prilutsky, LMT, MA. The author is currently involved in a clinical study on this subject and in this article he shares with our readers theoretical and practical aspects of rehabilitation of patients after concussion with MEDICAL MASSAGE PROTOCOL. Part I covers the theoretical aspects of concussion and post-traumatic encephalopathy.

2. In the Part III of the article, Science of Palpation”, we cover palpation of the tissues located in the middle layers: superficial fascia (i.e., Connective Tissue Zones on the second level), superficial skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and periosteum.

The Case of the Month for this issue of JMS is contributed by Carole Suzanne Jackson, BS, MA, LMT, NCTMB from The clinical case, “Medical Massage vs Hypersensitive TMJ” contributed by Carole is a great illustration of how important a gradual approach to somatic rehabilitation is. If the therapist doesn’t pay attention to the correct management of the patient’s pain-analyzing system the entire treatment strategy will fail.

As always you will learn a lot of helpful information in our Good Apples/Bad Apples section of the Journal.

Dr. Ross Turchaninov, Editor in Chief

Category: Letter From The Editor